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Your baby continues to grow this week and weighs about 6.8 pounds. His crown-to-rump length is still about 14 inches and total length is around 21 inches. Most women do not grow any larger during the last few weeks of their pregnancy. From the top of your uterus to your bellybutton is about 6.5 to 7 inches. You may be very uncomfortable now-you are almost there!

Just before real labor contractions start, you might notice false labor contractions. These should not be confused with Braxton-Hicks contractions. False labor contractions can be as strong as real labor contractions, but do not get closer and may go away if you get up to walk around. Contractions help dilate the cervix and encourage your water to break. Your baby could be born any day now, but only 5% of mothers deliver on their actual due date!

Over the last few weeks of pregnancy, your baby has been building up waste materials in the intestines. This waste material is known as meconium and is greenish-black in color. Meconium is made up of cells that your baby has shed, lanugo and other substances. Meconium is the first waste that your baby will pass after birth. However, sometimes babies pass meconium before delivery and are delivered with greenish-black waste covering their body. Special care must be taken when a baby passes meconium in the womb.

If your baby is a boy, his testes should have descended into his scrotum by this time. When your baby boy is born, both of his testes should be in place. Approximately 1% of babies are born with undescended testes. Because an undescended testis can cause infertility issues and increase the risks of testicular cancer, your baby's doctor will examine both testes after birth.

The baby's skull is not fully solid as the five bony plates, known as fontanels (little fountains), are still separate and can be pushed together. Birth may mold and elongate the fetal head, a safety precaution to reduce the skull's diameter for an easier birth, without damaging the fetal brain. After delivery, the baby's head returns to a rounded shape. Eyes have no tear ducts yet, they appear a few weeks after birth.

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bkle - 86 days ago
Samantha-- yay to 6 days :-)

bkle - 86 days ago
wow good luck baby leo hope everything goes well :-)

baby-leo - 86 days ago
Hey friends! Looks like I'm being induced tomorrow. Amniotic fluid is alarmingly low. My first was a full term delivery so I'm really scared!

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Yay for 6 days Samantha ! Tonight im still cramping with little contractions. We are having tacos night . I was just thinking the next time I have taco night I will be having a beer or two with mine :) Sounds so good !

SamanthaDawn - 86 days ago
Jaybird 6 days till my c section! :) won't be long now and well all have our babies! The date they first gave me was may 8th ( at 39 weeks) but they pushed it to may 13th so that I cab have the surgeon I want. She is the same woman who did my other two other c sections . At first I was mad they changed my date because who wants to wait longer to meet their baby?! But now I'm ok with it because its more time for baby to grow and I want a chubby baby. Plus the further into May the better because I want my baby to have a warm birthday. The beginning of spring in nova Scotia isn't very nice so the further into May, the nicer.

SamanthaDawn - 86 days ago
Good luck 4 girls . Sounds kind of like what i went through when I had my first. I was in labor for ..3 days! I kept going to the hospital but they would send me home because the contractions weren't regular enough. It was torture I had contractions every 5-7 minutes with some being every 15mibe and I couldn't understand whymy body wouldn't just go into real labor and do what its supposed to do! And after being sent home twice I waited at home wondering if I'd deliver at home because the contractions wouldn't stop! They never did get regular but I just couldn't take the never ending pain anymore so I went in again and they gave me pitocin my contractions got stronger but I woupdnt dilate! After 3 days of constant cobtractios and no sleep I got to 4 cm! Ending in a c section. I hope your contractions are making progress, but also hope u don't deliver at home or in the car lol

onj - 86 days ago
Oh jaybird- thank you for saying the weight gain in the last month is baby and water! I have gained somuch the last 2 weeks, it's crazy!!! 4girls- I hope these cramps are getting you somewhere. And I think you are smart to avoid the hospital until necessary lol. I have been having contractions all day today. Mostly they are about 10 minutes apart, but I'm still not in much pain with them. Lots of pressure, and at my appt today, midwife said I definitely dropped and baby's head is 'right there', whatever that means. I keep waiting for the contractions to hurt more, but they are staying pretty much the same, with some that are definitely more uncomfortable than others.... oh the waiting game...

jaybird81 - 86 days ago
Thanks for the clarification- I thought cramping and contractions were the same thing, but then I started to notice you ladies separating out the two terms. I wake up at night with awful cramps...I always thought it was BH contractions!
I gained another 3 pounds since last week. My doctor said he's not worried about all my weight gain lately, because the baby packs on half a pound a week and water retention is most of the weight gain in the last month.
Tomorrow is exactly one week until my c-section! Nervous-excited!


bkle - 86 days ago
4girls that is messed up that they force people into laboring the length of time they feel is fit! The way its sounding you might have your baby tonight if your cramps are now consistently there. Isn't it the 8th you wanted to have her, so that is close. Don't wait too long, don't you have like an hour drive to get to the hospital? Id pack a little bag just in case: A few towels, garbage bags, wipes, a blanket, and a long hair clip (for the ambilical cord), oh ya and sizzers, some water ect. Just in case you waited too long ;-). Ive got mine ready just in case I wait too long because id rather deliver at home then with that dr hehehe.

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Mine cramps hurt a lot, I guess I am waiting for it to get worst, and its not . Maybe if they don't get worst I will go when I can't take the pain anymore. Thursday is my Dr's appointment . If I make it that far I will find out how far dilated i am. Bkle it is very messed up what these Dr's here do to make a women go into labor..I lot of time they will break the waters and give potocin. After 24 hours if the mama don't have her baby she has to have a csection.

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Jaybird my cramping is non stop . It's in my legs lower belly and in my back, and hips. Feels like bad pms cramps. A contraction is tighting,It will get tighter and tighter then it will ease up . Mine start in the belly and are going to my back and hips , and to my butt area ..Cramping will dilate the crvix and soften the cervix. I'm not sure if you can feel only cramping dilating all the way to 10. I always had hard contractions. Thats why im kinda waiting still to go to the hospital.

bkle - 86 days ago
4girls-- gosh dr mess with the natural way of birth too much I think. Like my dr's stopping labor with my first then when it was stopping just slowing then they induced. I told my husband im not going in until I know for sure. Im hoping my water breaks too, that way it is a sure sign its here. Cramping sucks, been getting it for over a week now some with contractions some without. Labor is so nerve racking. Ill cross my fingers they don't mess with your bodys speed of labor.

jaybird81 - 86 days ago
Okay, so what's the difference between a contraction and cramping??? I had an emergency c-sec and never experienced either. but I've been having what feels like cramping? But I really don't know how to tell the difference.
And bkle: I hope you go to your doctor tomorrow, even if your doctor is mean. I'd be concerned with all those issues going on.


4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Still cramping , it's been about 6 hours of it. Not very many contractions. I just want my water to break !

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Because if I go to the hospital and she says im in begaining labor , and it is going slow they will want to give me potocin to speed it up.I had it happen to me with my last baby. I thought I was in labor, I was bleeding , and having contrations, and was dilated to a three. They admited me and started me on potocin . I was on it for 5 hours in bad pain. I didn't dilate anymore so they stoped the potocin and sent me home..It was not good. I am trying to avoid that. These Dr's are so fast to induce and give potocin and pain meds, and to get the women to have there baby is fast as they can.

bkle - 86 days ago
4girls- if your starting labor why would your dr start you on Potocin?? Id stay home until you know for sure then too.

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Ok I am still at home , I am still cramping and my head hurts... I am afraid to go to the hospital yet , being that my Dr may tell them to start me on potocin ..I sent my hubby to work , but he knows if I call he is to drop everything and take me to the hospital.. I am waiting for it to get worst , but it is staying the same .. Very icky feeling body is getting ready for show time for sure.

bkle - 86 days ago
4girls---Its funny how excited I am for you :-) Crossing my fingers you have a good labor experience and a fast one like you want. And of course a healthy happy baby girl :-)

ElisiaDawn - 86 days ago
4 girls good luck :)

bkle - 86 days ago
4girls---yay this could be it for you :-) Good luck, exciting something is happening for you! :-)

bkle - 86 days ago
elisa- I hope that's what it is :-) Im going to the dr tomorrow and im sure they will do urine test like always. I must say that after these shots all these months keeping baby in and now my body is fighting to catch up; it worries me that by going against what my body wanted all these months may have caused baby and I more problems. Its definatly a fear of mine right now that by going against whats natural to my body for all these months that it may end in C-section/induction. Part of me just cant wait for this be over and finally being relieved to have a healthy baby in my arms. Im so happy to be full term but part of me thinks 'at what cost' terrible of me to think that. Ugh I dred seeing that mean dr tomorrow.

4girls want a boy - 86 days ago
Having bad cramping . I'm going to take a warm shower , and eat something if it don't stop im going to L&D ..

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
Bkle I got told bp can go up just before labour good luck ;)

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Bkle ringing in the ears is something they asked me if I had when I was getting my blood presure checked..Don't skip that appointment and make sure they hear you !

bkle - 87 days ago
may 14 is the next full moon

bkle - 87 days ago
It has been great chatting with all of you all these months :-) we should figure out how to talk to each other after we have our babies. things can get really busy with a newborn but it would be nice to see how everyone is doing.

bkle - 87 days ago
jaybird-- I too have been so swollen ugh. I don't stand for long periods of time and drink lots of water and still my feet went from size 8 to almost a 10. I was going to skip my dr appointment tomorrow due to I hate my dr but Im thinking I should go in. My husband last night said he could hear my heart just pounding and ive got ringing in my ears now too, so something might be wrong. :-( My blood pressure was up for the first time ever in my life last week but im thinking its because I didn't sleep much for 3 days due to painful contractions all night. PS I took my ring off week 30.

bkle - 87 days ago
4girls--that is rude of your mom to ask you not to have baby until she returns. If she wanted to be there for you and baby she wouldn't of gone on a cruise so close to the end. Hope you do have her on the 9th :-) This Thursday or Friday sound good to me for all of us hehe.

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
So I woke up....... with a baby. ..... still in my tummy haha! Mild cramps still but I know than I will end up going over due :( ahh well good things come to those that wait ay ;) hehe! I am off to week 39 today so only 7 days left for me and 9 days until my sweep if I haven't had him already..... x

momofour - 87 days ago
I'm going to be the last one! You all better check in on me when I'm here all alone! Haha

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Jaybird I don't know if you like salt n viniger chips , but the salt may help. Put your feet up and have someone rub them for an hour. Have some water .This is my very first pregnancy that the swollen feet and hands did not happen to me ...Momofour what did they say about the heart beat? Is everything ok ? Can't believe no one has had there baby yet ! Swissmammy I also keep seeing lots of mucus. Onj I am glad no not be alone on here too! For how quiet this web site has got over the past years our few weeks sure have a nice little group .. It's been nice having you all to chat with these last 9 months, and has made the time go by fast.

onj - 87 days ago
Part of me just wants to hear that someone has gone into labour, and another part of me is just glad I'm not sitting here all alone on this board realizing that I'm all alone lol... at least not yet... it really does seem that everyone's babies are holding on tight haha.

jaybird81 - 87 days ago
Anyone else having issues with swelling? My feet look like clubs and my hands swell up so bad today that I had to take off my wedding ring. :( I went and checked my BP and the machine said it was 'great.' So I'm not too concerned that it's pre-eclampsia. Anyway, what do you ladies do for your swelling? I drink oodles of water, I don't eat high- sodium foods...and I'm not on my feet all day??

momofour - 87 days ago
At the doc now.. For my NST and the baby's heart rate is so low I'm afraid of what they will say... Well not really.. They won't say anything.. I get all worried when anything weird shows up and they look at the paper & say.. 'Looks great, see ya in 2 days!' 😒

swissmammy3 - 87 days ago
We are all so close but our babies are just clinging on by the sounds of it. My braxton hicks are almost non existent now but keep passing mucus every day....how much more can be left?

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Bkle my husband only gets two days off too for my birth, and he gets Sat and Sun off too so a thursay would be good for us..Friday the 9th is my sisters birthday , and my mom has not talk to her in 10 years. They hate eachother. So my mom does not want me to have this baby on the 9th. I have a friend at church that I told her she can be in the labor room when I give birth. She has been to most my ultra sounds with me, but now she is saying things like don't go into labor when im at work. I get off at 8:00pm. Or oh I have to work don't go yet.. My mom called me today and said oh wait till we get home before you have your baby..I am so anoyed with that , can't they see im huge and can't move , im not sleeping !!!! How can they be so selfish .This is not about them ! I hope I have this baby on the 9th on my sisters birthday , and when my friend is at work ! HA! I know I sound rude sorry :)

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Elisia after all that it may not kick in untill the middle of the night when your trying to sleep.. I can feel my babies head down low, and i think im ready to get this pain over with.

bkle - 87 days ago
4girls-- too bad the pinapple of indigestion death didn't work but hopefully some of those contractions your having will help move things along. My shot I can actually feel wearing off and im getting more contractions throughout the day but still don't think my cervix is letting anything happen just yet which ive come to terms with for now. My husband is hoping ill go and have baby on a wed night or Thursday. He only has 2 days sick time right now and he could take thurs and fri off and have sat and sun with us too. I told him the baby will get here when that shot allows him too and so it'll be on a Monday hehehe. Im not on bedrest anymore and its nice :-) Im so swollen tho it hurts my feet to do much but im determined to get some exercise before baby is here to regain the muscle ive lost over these months; ie walking around the block and mall ;-)

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
I've been for a really long walk, bouncing on my ball and they aren't getting stronger, maybe things will dull down by the morning :(

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
They are still coming & going nothing close atm they are provably every few hours, but for the love of me I just can't get them stronger :( I am off to week 39 tomorrow unless he decides he wants to make an appearance through the night! Naughty baby ; )

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Keep us posted Elisia ! I'm having them too , just not cloes enough together and not painfull enough.. Today I signed my 4 year old for this years kindergarten . I did all the paper work at the school , so I would not have to go back with a new born or stand in any lines. Today was the first day of sign up's. I feel like I have almost every thing almost done now. I just need to go out to eat tonight at a place we are thinking about hosting my daughters graduation dinner, and make a reservation .Oh and I need to take her to pick up her prom dress today , take her to fix her account at the bank and pic up a dress she will where at graduation under her gown.Her graduation is in one month. Then I can have the baby..lol

onj - 87 days ago
oohh elisia- are they getting stronger?? Come on baby!! 4girls- If that pineapple gets you started in labour, I'm going to the store tomorrow and buying 10 of them lol! mummytoharrison- hopefully you don't end up more pregnant this time! But, I'm sure, if you are, we'll be here to help you get past that hard to pass milestone!!

ElisiaDawn - 87 days ago
Been having contractions since this morning! come on baby!!!!!

4girls want a boy - 87 days ago
Well the pineapple death did not make go ino labor, but I think it did do something. After the pineapple I had one contraction . It was the strongest one I have had in this pregnancy and had to of done something down there ..I did have some contractions last night in my sleep too. They were not bad enough to get upset, just enough for me to know I was having them. Thursday I will be 39 weeks , and again the Dr will check my cervix, and maybe I will let her do a sweep. Maybe ...

HootOwl - 88 days ago
It is pretty gross to think of how much is needed. Think I'll opt for the gel if necessary lol Never heard of the silicon breast pads before. I have a tonne of standard cotton ones anyway. Last day of week 38 tomorrow. DS came at 39+1, so if I make it to 5.31pm on Thursday then I'll be the most pregnant that I've ever been!

onj - 88 days ago
this is the website: http://www.fairhavenhealth.com/milkies-milk-saver.html

onj - 88 days ago
omg- 15 litres of sperm... well that's a little on the gross side haha. Speaking of heartburn death, I woke up choking on stomach acid AGAIN this morning... and threw up all over my pillow... the end of pregnancy has so many joys!! Bkle- using the pumping cup to catch the milk is a good idea. I was just looking online at milksavers, which are little bags you stick in your shirt to collect leaking milk while feeding... Has anyone seen or used these? I wonder if they are as convenient as they look like they might be...

momofour - 88 days ago
Bkle online this time... I orig found them at target but I don't think they carry them anymore... They really are they best.

bkle - 88 days ago
momofour- where do you get lilly pads?

momofour - 88 days ago
Speaking of leaking milk... Have you all heard of Lily Pads? Silicone pads that don't leak! I've used them w my past 2 and bought new ones for this baby... I love them!



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